As a general rule, dust dominates the airborne particulate scene. If the wind is stirring things up, dust is there almost every time. Mold is very common too, although mold spores can be a little tougher to identify sometimes. Some mold spores are very distinctive, however, and mold fragments can have an otherworldly look to them. It's pollen, however, that allergists, seasonal allergy sufferers and asthmatics often focus on. It's a prime suspect if you find yourself sneezing at the same time every year.
The tricky thing about airborne allergens (like pollen) is that their distribution can vary widely. In other words, when (and where) a spike in pollen levels occurs is not always predictable. Until Pollen Sense developed automated sensors, the only option for people wanting to track airborne allergens was to track yesterday's averages as reported by technicians trained to manually identify pollen samples that were collected over the previous 24 hour time period. Because levels often swing wildly, that's too little, too late.
Automated sensors use artificial intelligence to reliably identify and track pollen, mold and dust. The air is sampled continuously, samples are examined around every minute, and hourly averages computed. There is no other source for such timely and geographically relevant airborne allergen data. Multiple sensors give an even better picture. One customer in New Mexico uses sensors on opposite sides of the city to better understand what the wind is carrying when prevailing winds change direction. People who understand these finer distinctions can choose to go to the park at a time of day when levels are low, and to remain indoors when there's a spike occurring. The savings in time and medical expenses alone is tremendous.
Forecasts, historical and current pollen counts are all available on the Pollen Wise mobile app. In addition to this actionable data, articles that can help you understand how to best reduce your allergy symptoms are available. A journal helps correlate allergen levels with the way you feel and the activies you are pursuing.
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